Both franchises are already out of the reckoning for playoffs berths following a forgettable season.
71 in 2008.3 Number of matches won by Royal Challengers Bangalore in the IPL2017 - two of these three wins have come against Delhi Daredevils!0 Delhi Daredevils remained the only team in the IPL2017 which failed to beat Royal Challengers even once.
Despite the mounting run-rate, the chase could have been successfully carried out had Delhi managed to keep wickets in hand.
At the other end, Gayle, who was struggling, was caught by Zaheer Khan at short midwicket off a delivery from left-arm spinner Shahbaz Nadeem, with Bangalore at 96/2 in 13.1 overs.
The sixth-placed Daredevils are heading into the game on the back of a two-match winning streak.
Here are the big moments from the match. With reputation on the line it was Chris Gayle and Kohli, who stood up and made their presence felt. Zaheer Khan is playing his 100th IPL match today. He followed it up with two sixes off Mohammed Shami in his next two overs.
Opening batsman Vishnu Vinod (3) did not trouble the scorers as he was bowled by Pat Cummins in the fifth ball of the fifth over. A tame dismissal after a promising start.
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Kohli also talked about potential retentions for next season. It was his fifty that held the innings together and took the team to a respectable total. Lack of pace by Harshal Patel induced an early pull shot that found the top of the bat and straight down the throat of Watson at extra cover for a 30-ball 32. He also contributed with a sharp runout of Travis Head (2 off 2) and the big wicket of Kohli in the eventful 17th over. The batsman responded with a resounding six of the second.
While Kohli amassed 973 runs last season to propel his team into the final, the 28-year-old has scored only 250 runs after missing the first few game due to injury.
In the final game of the group stage of the 2017 IPL, Chris Gayle found the form which eluded for most of the competition. He finished his first over on T20 debut conceding just two runs and a wicket. So Delhi has to go field first.
Delhi have once again been hugely inconsistent this season.
For RCB, the debutant Avesh Khan clocked good speeds and generated steep bounce, hit the bat high on the maker's name, and provided the first-over strike. Iyer and Pant then began the recovery with a 46-run partnership.
At the end of the 10th over, Daredevils were 76 or two, needing 86 runs off 60 balls.
Pant who was under pressure fell for a 34-ball 45.
Shami dispatched the last two balls for boundaries to bring the equation down to 35 off 18 balls.
"It's been a season to forget, a season to reflect on".
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